BEIRUT - Syria's ambassador to Lebanon
said on Thursday that Damascus had the option of a "surprise
decision" to respond to what it said was an Israeli air strike
on a research center on the outskirts of the Syrian capital on
Syria could take "a surprise decision to respond to the
aggression of the Israeli warplanes," Ali Abdul Karim Ali was
quoted as telling a Hezbollah-run news website.
"Syria is engaged in defending its sovereignty and its
land," he added, without spelling out what the response might
entail. Syria and Israel have fought several wars and in 2007
Israeli jets bombed a suspected Syrian nuclear site, without
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